NEW IN BOX: "THREE FRENCH HENS",Twelve Days of Dickens Village, Day 3Item #: 58378. Introduced: 1995Retired Status: Retired 1999Set of 3. Farmyard with water pump, farm worker collecting eggs, farm worker scattering grain feed for hen and rooster. Hand painted porcelain accessory by Department 56, Heritage Village Collection, Twelve Days of Dickens Village. It is believed that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was probably first recited or sung by wandering troubadours in Medieval times…but the first “penned” reference to this familiar English carol does not appear until the eighteenth century. And, like so many of our favorite holiday traditions, the original custom and meanings of this song have changed or have been lost with the passing of time.The Twelve Days of Christmas originated from a memory game usually played on the twelfth night, the last night between Christmas and Epiphany. It became fashionable to play this parlor game with each player recalling and singing a list of items named by the preceding player and then adding another verse. A poor memory resulted in the loss of the game.The best-known line, “…And a partridge in a pear tree,” is thought to have originated from an old belief that a girl who walked backwards toward a pear tree on Christmas Eve, then walked around it three times would be rewarded by seeing an image of her true love. The origin or meaning of many of the other lines have been lost, leaving us with only the song’s lyrics.While “The Twelve Days of Christmas” reached the height of its popularity during Dickensian times, it still remains a traditional holiday classic carol today. Mfr.: Department 56; porcelain.AWESOME! COLLECTIBLE!! QUALITY ITEM! BRAND NEW IN BOX!!SEE PHOTO!RETAIL: $109.99. Buyer pays shipping & handling, $13 Priority with delivery confirmation (within US). Optional insurance $2.45 additional. All other shipping destinations, please contact us for s&h costs. All sales are final.Proceeds from our sales benefit charities through Pro Players Association.Dedicated to Serving the Community, Pro Players Association is a community service organization comprised of current and former professional athletes,media personalities and associate members who work voluntarily on behalf of the community. Pro Players Association’s goal is to raise money for worthwhile programs and charities which will benefit the community. Their mission, simply stated, "Dedication to Serving and Giving Back to the Community", is one proven many times since their incorporation in 2002.Pro Players Association is a 501c3 non profit charity.